What’s on

Ordnance Pavilion, Langdale Estate (until August) 

Studio Mutt is an architecture, art and design practice based in London and Liverpool working on what they describe as "the fringes of architectural culture". This hypercolour interactive pavilion is "a monument to the Ordnance Survey and the retriangulation of Britain between 1935 and 1962". It's exactly the sort of innovation that the Lakes deserves.     

A World of Work exhibition, Brantwood (until 2nd September)

In celebration of John Ruskin's social writings, this ambitious exhibition sees a plethora of major artistic talents contemplating the nature of work and human labour. Take in the likes of George Heming Mason, James Pelham, Graham Sutherland and John Cassidy as they tackle the sticky subject of mass production and capitalism.    

Mountains We Made, Grizedale Forest (until August)

Another part of the Lakes Ignite project, Mountains We Made is a breathtaking and organic installation constructed from sustainably sourced oak from Grizedale Forest. Artist Charlie Whinney hopes you'll walk along sections of Lake District mountains created from steam bent wood and fully immerse in his carefully constructed experience. 

British Women Climb, Keswick Museum (until 16th September)

This Mountain Heritage Trust exhibition considers the history of women’s climbing on rock, snow, ice and indoors from the 19th century to the present day. Rejoice in the head-spinning array of achievements of adventurers and athletes with a taste for adrenalin.  

Rails, Theatre By the Lake (24th May to 27th October)

Sarah and Mike are two teens living in a dead-end town. They spend one long, hot coming-of-age summer together, discovering the highs and lows of growing up. Simon Longman's play is at once hilarious and devastating. Don't miss it in our favourite Lakes theatre.    

Wine Makers Dinners, The Forest Side (ongoing)

Throughout the summer this stunning Grasmere retreat will be hosting a series of epic dinners, each led by a different world-renowned wine maker. Irene Gori will come from from Tuscany's Vignamaggio, while Mathieu Pouchan flies in from Le Mesnil-sur-Oger in France. Expect an intimate setting with perfectly paired courses to accompany the tipple.           

Young Musicians Concert with Sheku, The Coro Ulverston (3rd November)

Described in The Guardian as "technically superb and eloquent in his expressivity," cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason heads up an evening of incredible young classical talent. He'll be joined by Isata Kanneh-Mason on the piano and Jess Gillam on the saxophone. This one's an essential, so get your tickets early. 

Introducing....The Garden, Dove Cottage (6th June to 26th September) 
William Wordsworth described The Dove Cottage garden as "the loveliest spot that man hath ever found". Head Gardener Sally Hall has been restoring this tranquil hide-away and at these exclusive sessions she will show you proudly around the semi-wild space. 

Taste Cockermouth (29th and 30th September)

Around 40,000 people attend Taste Cumbria's flagship event each year. Expect a weekend of treats ranging from one-off intimate dinners cooked by Michelin-starred chefs to secret gin palaces and exceedingly well-catered comedy events. There could be no better way to end the summer. 

Open Mic Night, Florence Arts Centre (Wednesdays, ongoing)

This exciting new creative and performance space is based at the disused Florence Mine in Egremont, a historic market town in West Cumbria. And an open mic night is the perfect way to first experience the forward-thinking and talent-embracing venue. All are welcome to take to the mic with everything from jazz performances to spoken word.